As a fitness professional, I am all about trying to help people achieve fitness. When I say this, I mean it. I charge SUPER reasonable prices for my services and am willing to work with people’s budgets whenever possible.
I do not believe that exercise should be for the elite, Lululemon toting population only and that’s why I don’t support brands that charge the price of a compact car for their classes.
Overpriced Fitness Classes
Overpriced fitness classes are a dick move, okay. Some of them won’t even participate in ClassPass or Groupon. In my opinion, these brands are promoting “you can’t sit with us” fitness, and it pisses me off.
Exercise and movement should be available to everyone. I mean, the first time I read the price of a single boutique cycling class, I was sickened. I know everybody is trying to make a buck in this industry and I’m not that great at it because I believe that everyone should be able to work out (at least once) with a trainer on their fitness journey.
Also, I’ve mentioned this before, but I take issue with the athleisure racket going on these days. Not only are leggings the cost of week’s worth of groceries for a family of four, but they are only sold in sizes for people who require the least amount of exercise possible.
I’m cool with celebrities having the best of the best and being able to afford $75 indoor fitness classes and $3500/month for a personal trainer, but this ploy to get regular people to participate in this bullshit is beyond me.
As a certified Mad Dogg Athletics instructor, I can also say without any hesitation that some of these high end boutique classes are bad for you. As in, they will likely injure you due to their heavy focus on exercise contraindications.
Are overpriced fitness classes worth the cost?
Not that SoulCycle stands alone in this criticism. As a former instructor of a popular dance fitness class, I had to stop after the first year because the monthly license fees, insurance, music, and apparel were costing me more than it was worth. I thought to myself, I love to dance, but there is no reason why people should have to pay me $15/class so that I could afford to dress like MC fucking Hammer and teach classes using corporate choreography.
The bottom line is; I am just sick of the elites in the fitness world. I know that they have always been there, but right now, in a time when more than 50% of people earn £20k ($30k USD) or less a year, the fact that people have to feel like shit about not being able to take the “hottest fitness classes” is bullshit.
Want my professional advice? Oh, well, you’re gonna get it anyway: Find something you love to do that isn’t going to cost you 25% of your salary and go for it. There are plenty of free and/or inexpensive fitness programs out there.
For instance, like my free 7-Day fitness challenge over on my coaching site. You can download it for free and jump-start your fitness routine.
Getting fit can be effective and affordable. You don’t have to be part of an elite cult to get in shape. Believe me.
Have you tried trendy boutique fitness classes? Do you find them to be worth the money?